La jolie fille de Perth

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La jolie fille de Perth (The Fair Maid of Perth) is an opera in four acts by Georges Bizet (1838–1875), from a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jules Adenis, after the novel by Sir Walter Scott.wikipedia
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Georges Bizet

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La jolie fille de Perth (The Fair Maid of Perth) is an opera in four acts by Georges Bizet (1838–1875), from a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jules Adenis, after the novel by Sir Walter Scott.
Neither of his two operas that reached the stage in this time—Les pêcheurs de perles and La jolie fille de Perth—were immediately successful.

Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges

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La jolie fille de Perth (The Fair Maid of Perth) is an opera in four acts by Georges Bizet (1838–1875), from a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jules Adenis, after the novel by Sir Walter Scott.
Among his more famous libretti are: the ballet Giselle (with Théophile Gautier) (1841), the opera L'éclair (1835) for Halévy, the opera La fille du régiment (with Jean-François Bayard) (1840) for Donizetti, and the opera La jolie fille de Perth for Georges Bizet.

Jules Adenis

La jolie fille de Perth (The Fair Maid of Perth) is an opera in four acts by Georges Bizet (1838–1875), from a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jules Adenis, after the novel by Sir Walter Scott.
1867: La jolie fille de Perth, opera in 4 acts and 5 tableaux, after Walter Scott, with Henri de Saint-Georges, music by Georges Bizet, Théâtre-Lyrique impérial, 26 December

Devriès family

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She took over the title role of Catherine Glover for the premiere of La jolie fille de Perth at the same theatre (originally intended for Christina Nilsson) later in 1867, and also sang Martha, and Rosina in The Barber of Seville.

Éden-Théâtre

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It was next revived in Paris on 3 November 1890 at the Éden-Théâtre for eleven performances.
After a ballet and a grand revue, the theatre was renamed Théâtre Lyrique in October 1890, and the first Paris performance of Samson et Dalila with Talazac and Bloch and La jolie fille de Perth with Émile Engel and Cécile Mézeray were presented, but the theatre closed before the end of the year due to lack of funds.

The Fair Maid of Perth

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La jolie fille de Perth (The Fair Maid of Perth) is an opera in four acts by Georges Bizet (1838–1875), from a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jules Adenis, after the novel by Sir Walter Scott.
La jolie fille de Perth is an opera in four acts by Georges Bizet (1838–1875), from a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jules Adenis, after the novel by Sir Walter Scott.

Théâtre Lyrique

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It was first performed at the Théâtre Lyrique (Théâtre-Lyrique Impérial du Châtelet), Paris, on 26 December 1867.
Of historical interest, if less successful, were Georges Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles (30 September 1863; 18 performances); Hector Berlioz's Les Troyens à Carthage (4 November 1863; 21 performances); Charles Gounod's Mireille (19 March 1864; 41 performances); and La jolie fille de Perth (26 December 1867; 18 performances).

Alice Ducasse

As a member of the company at the Théâtre Lyrique under Pasdeloup and Vizentini she sang various roles at that theatre, creating Mab in Bizet's La jolie fille de Perth, as well as Nérine in L'irato by Méhul (November 1868), Formosa in En Prison by Guiraud (March 1869), Thérèse in Don Quichotte by Boulanger (May 1869) and Nydia in Le Dernier Jour de Pompéi by Victorin Joncières (September 1869)

June Anderson

*1985 June Anderson – Cathérine Glover; Alfredo Kraus – Henri Smith; Gino Quilico – Le Duc de Rothsay; José van Dam – Ralph; Chœurs de Radio-France, Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique, conductor Georges Prêtre.
She also participated in the recording of operatic works rarely heard in this era, including: Rossini's Mosè in Egitto, Wagner's Die Feen, Bizet's La jolie fille de Perth, Adolphe Adam's Le postillon de Lonjumeau, Fromental Halévy's La Juive, and Daniel Auber's La muette de Portici.

Alfredo Kraus

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*1985 June Anderson – Cathérine Glover; Alfredo Kraus – Henri Smith; Gino Quilico – Le Duc de Rothsay; José van Dam – Ralph; Chœurs de Radio-France, Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique, conductor Georges Prêtre.
He also recorded a number of rarely performed French operas including La jolie fille de Perth and Les pêcheurs de perles, both by Georges Bizet, and La muette de Portici by Daniel Auber.

Gwen Catley

1949 Gwen Catley – Catherine Glover; Richard Lewis – Harry Smith; Trefor Jones – Duke of Rothsay; Norman Walker – Ralph; Lorely Dyer – Mab, Queen of the Gypsies; Owen Brannigan – Simon Glover; David Holman – A Nobleman; BBC Theatre Chorus, Chorus Master John Clements; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. (An English version, (trans. by Paul England, broadcast live on 5–6 June 1949 by the BBC, issued by Beulah (1-2PD23) in 2000.)
In 1949 she sang Catherine Glover in a BBC studio broadcast of Bizet's The Fair Maid of Perth, with Richard Lewis as Henry Smith and conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.

Libretto

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La jolie fille de Perth (The Fair Maid of Perth) is an opera in four acts by Georges Bizet (1838–1875), from a libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jules Adenis, after the novel by Sir Walter Scott.

Léon Carvalho

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Although commissioned by Léon Carvalho in 1866 and completed by Bizet by the end of that year (with the soprano lead intended for Christine Nilsson), the dress rehearsal took place in September 1867 and the first performance three months later.

Christina Nilsson

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Although commissioned by Léon Carvalho in 1866 and completed by Bizet by the end of that year (with the soprano lead intended for Christine Nilsson), the dress rehearsal took place in September 1867 and the first performance three months later.

Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne

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It was staged at the Wexford Festival in 1968, the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne in 1998 and the Buxton Festival in 2006, and recorded by the BBC in Manchester for the Bizet centenary in 1975.

Tenor

Soprano

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Gino Quilico

*1985 June Anderson – Cathérine Glover; Alfredo Kraus – Henri Smith; Gino Quilico – Le Duc de Rothsay; José van Dam – Ralph; Chœurs de Radio-France, Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique, conductor Georges Prêtre.

José van Dam

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*1985 June Anderson – Cathérine Glover; Alfredo Kraus – Henri Smith; Gino Quilico – Le Duc de Rothsay; José van Dam – Ralph; Chœurs de Radio-France, Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique, conductor Georges Prêtre.

Richard Lewis (tenor)

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1949 Gwen Catley – Catherine Glover; Richard Lewis – Harry Smith; Trefor Jones – Duke of Rothsay; Norman Walker – Ralph; Lorely Dyer – Mab, Queen of the Gypsies; Owen Brannigan – Simon Glover; David Holman – A Nobleman; BBC Theatre Chorus, Chorus Master John Clements; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. (An English version, (trans. by Paul England, broadcast live on 5–6 June 1949 by the BBC, issued by Beulah (1-2PD23) in 2000.)